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Master of Divinity
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Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration
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Studies in Ethics
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Historical Studies
Islamic Studies
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Studies in the Ministry
Theological Studies
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Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program is designed to prepare persons for The ministry of the church as pastors and in related fields, including chaplaincies, Christian education, and staff positions within denominations. The Master of Divinity degree is the basic professional degree for clergy.

Admissions Requirements
To be eligible, individuals must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

Degree Requirements
The Master of Divinity degree requires the completion of 81 credit hours classroom work with a C average or better.

The MDiv degree is the basic professional degree for clergy, and requires a minimum of 81 credits allocated across the following areas:

(A) Biblical Studies 12 credits
(B) Historical Studies 6 credits
(C) Theological Studies 6 credits
(D) Ethical and Cultural Studies          6 credits
(E) Ministry Studies 27 credits
(F) Core Studies  9 credits
(G) Electives 15 credits **
  TOTAL 81 credits

** The focus of the MDiv degree program is automatically that of Ministry. If a student chooses to declare a concentration, then the student will be required to write a paper that represents the attainment of requisite knowledge in that field. This paper will be designated as the MDiv Thesis and fulfills 3 credits of the concentration. It is anticipated that concentrations may require student to take some courses outside of Howard University School of Divinity (Howard University or Washington Theological Consortium).

MDiv Areas of Concentration:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Theology
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • African-American Religious Studies
  • Liturgical Arts

updated: June 13, 2014

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